Betting: Bank on Owls to breach Royals rearguard

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Sheffield Wednesday have averaged exactly a goal per game across their dozen Championship fixtures and William Hill make the Owls 29/20 to find the back of the net once as they welcome Reading to Hillsborough.

They’re a slightly heftier 19/10 with betway to get on the scoresheet twice at least, for only the second time this season and at the other end, Skybet make Dave Jones’s troops 11/4 to keep their first clean sheet of the campaign at the 13th attempt.

The statistics then, suggest both teams will find the net (8/11, Stan James) and plenty of punters will fancy BetVictor’s even money for the match to produce three or more goals, the first of which is 6/5 via bet365 to be struck by a Wednesday player.

More specifically, Ladbrokes rate Matty Fryatt at 7/1 to follow last weekend’s leveller with the opener in this one, Paddy Power price the Owls front man at 21/10 to net at any time and versatile forward Michail Antonio is 17/2 (bet365) to break the deadlock.

Improving Sheffield United managed to keep a clean sheet in their last away fixture and they’re 15/8 to repeat the feat as they travel to Shrewsbury Town.

BetVictor price a Blades victory ‘to nil’ at 16/5 and Stan James offer even money about Nigel Clough’s men scoring first and Skybet’s 11/2 favourite to open the scoring is Jamaican international Marlon King, although some fans might fancy backing United’s top scorer Harry Maguire in the same market at 22/1 (bet365).

At the Keepmoat Stadium, Theo Robinson is a 15/2 chance with BetVictor to hand Doncaster a 1-0 lead as they tackle Brighton and Hove Albion in a match that’s 6/5 to produce at least three goals while bet365 post 6/1 against a Kieran Agard opener in Rotherham United’s home clash with Colchester United and it’s 13/2 (BetVictor) for Chesterfield’s Gary McSheffrey to break the deadlock against Scunthorpe United.